Utah Avalanche Center Reports Zero Avalanche Deaths In ’21-’22 Season

The Utah Avalanche Center just released its annual report summarizing the Winter 21-22 season.

I strongly encourage every skier in Utah and those visiting Utah to ski to read the report in its entirety. There’s really great information in there.

You can read the full report from the Utah Avalanche Center here.

Utah had a fantastic avalanche safety year, all things considered.

The state reported 0 fatalities in 219 man-triggered avalanches and 38 unintentionally triggered avalanches. 48 people were caught, 10 partially buried and 3 completely buried.

Not bad at all considering 7 people died during the ’20-’21 season.

Again, I strongly encourage everyone to read the full report.

Please stay out there friends and check out the quick letters from Mark Staples, Director Forest Service UAC, and Chad Bracklesberg, Executive Director Non-Profit UAC.

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What a year – winter started early in much of the state with storms in early October. The tap was then turned off by the end of December. The period from Christmas through the first week of January brought us a series of storms and some of the best rides of the year.

To keep us busy, we faced an unprecedented drought in January and February while the COVID-19 pandemic made a comeback. Fortunately, winter returned in March and April. This left us with some dangerous avalanche conditions. See the Season Review on page 09 for details on the impact this has had on our snowpack.

Although we faced numerous challenges this year, we are also very pleased that we had zero avalanche fatalities. This is the third time in five years without a death. This is a sign that the community is prioritizing avalanche safety and benefiting from avalanche awareness and forecasting services that are available statewide.

UAC’s Know Before You Go program has become the North American standard for teaching avalanche awareness. In January 2021 we launched a project in partnership with CAIC, NWAC, NAC and Av Can to rebuild the entire program and we are on track to launch this October, more details on page 16. UAC is building our Raising awareness and educational programs reaching more people every year.

This year we were very pleased to introduce two new programs, Community Transceiver Practice and the Backcountry 201 course. You can find out more about these two programs on pages 12-14. UAC is here to serve all users in the backcountry and we couldn’t exist without this amazing community.

We would like to thank everyone for their generous support to make the UAC one of the best avalanche centers in the world. We look forward to a long list of summer projects to meet next winter’s challenges and help everyone stay connected to The Greatest Snow on Earth.”

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